While the throwing win stat certainly doesn’t carry the weight or relevance of the past, it’s still a cool thing to see who won the league in the category.
By now, we know that a pitcher’s skill is not, and shouldn’t be, measured in wins because, fundamentally, winning a game doesn’t necessarily mean he pitched well.
However, the stat is still part of MLB’s Triple Crown and is still well-loved by old-school fans.
That said, we don’t have a single leader in terms of wins so far in 2022: we have three!
After winning Wednesday’s game against the Pittsburgh Pirates, Atlanta Braves star Kyle Wright is tied for the MLB lead with 16 wins.
However, surprising Los Angeles Dodgers star Tony Gonsolin has the same number.
Three-way tie for the lead in wins
To make things more entertaining, Houston Astros ace Justin Verlander threw six scoreless, no-hitter innings against the Minnesota Twins, during which he knocked out 10 enemies.
He too has reached 16 wins on the mound this season.
So we have a three-way tie for most baseball wins between three legitimate aces.
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Gonsolin, with a 2.10 ERA, would be a Cy Young candidate were it not for the fact that he has significantly fewer innings (128.1) than other pitchers with a similar performance.
Wright’s ERA is 2.99: good, but not elite.
Verlander, meanwhile, has a sparkling 1.87 ERA in 149 innings with the Astros and has a good chance of winning his third MLB Cy Young.
Will he achieve the feat at 39?
He has a few tough opponents, but he’s certainly been the best pitcher in the American League for much of the season.